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Sri Mottai Vinayakar temple
 
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Moolavar: Vinayakar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Madurai
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Vinayaka Chaturthi is grandly celebrated in the temple in August-September.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Presiding Lord is Mottai Vinayaka.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. continuously. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Mottai Vinayakar Temple, East Masi Street, Madurai-625 001.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 452 4380144 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Doctors in the hospitals of the area undertake surgeries only after offering a coconut to Lord.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Students pray for progress in education and others for progress in profession and trade.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer garlands of grass, vastras to Lord and contribute for the renovation of the temple. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Traders place the keys of their shop and office keys at the feet of Lord Vinayaka before starting their daily business.  Hence, the Lord is praised as “Vyapara Pillayar”.  The practice of seeking His approval with chits is still in vogue in the place.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Mother Parvathi created a youth for her security and named him Ganapathy.  She appointed him as the security for Her kingdom.  When Devas came to her kingdom for worship, Ganapathy refused to let them in.  When they tried to trespass, Ganapathi fought and drove them away.

 

The Devas went to Lord Shiva and appealed to Him to enable them to worship Parvathi.  Lord Shiva came to Ganapathy and held talks with him.  Ganapathy maintained his determination and refused entry to Lord Shiva too.   Angry Shiva chopped off the head of Lord Ganapathy.  Mother Parvathi pleaded with the Lord to give her son life again.  Lord Shiva fixed the head of an elephant and elevated him to the highest status of being Number One and ordered that all must worship the deities in the temples only after worshipping Lord Vinayaka.  Lord Shiva also made Ganapathy the Head of His Ganas – security force.

 

As a token of this incident, Lord Vinayaka appears in this temple without head as Mottai Ganapathy.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Presiding Lord is Mottai Vinayaka.
 
     
 
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